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Dodgers look for their daytime offense in finale with Orioles

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers hope for more daytime success in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Orioles at Dodger Stadium.

This is one of three 12:10 p.m. PT home starts over the span of six Wednesdays. So far this season the Dodgers are 14-6 (.700) in daytime starts, tied with San Francisco (21-9) for the best winning percentage under the sun in 2016.

LA is hitting .258/.337/.411 in the daytime in 2016 while averaging 5.30 runs per game, compared to .232/.303/.380 annd 3.86 runs per game at night.

Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .360/.437/.480 with six doubles and a home run in 20 day games this season.

Yasiel Puig gets the day off after starting the last seven days. Puig has started 13 of now 15 games since his return from the disabled list, hitting .364/.451/.545 during that span.

Puig sitting means a start in right field for Scott Van Slyke, his ninth start in 32 games since returning from the DL. Van Slyke is 2-for-5 with a walk and a sacrifice fly so far in July, including a pinch-hit single on Tuesday night.

A.J. Ellis starts at catcher with the day game following a night game. It is the 34th start for Ellis in 87 team games, putting him on pace for 63 starts in 2016. He started 55 times behind the plate in 2015.

There are a few changes in the Orioles lineup, with the left-handed Ryan Flaherty in at shortstop in place of J.J. Hardy, and Caleb Joseph at catcher to give Matt Wieters a rest.


On this date in 1955, Sandy Koufax made his first major league start. The 19-year-old only allowed a run and struck out four against the Pirates at Forbes Field, but only lasted 4⅔ innings thanks in large part to eight walks.